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(Back row, left to right) Corley Shelby, Rojan Telo, Natalie Kahn, Henrik Rivera, Jesse Sandoval, and Joel Reyes, along with (front row, left to right) Aaron Bertucio, Julian Schwartzman, Hayley Howe, Marissa Dubois, Krystyna Rodriguez, and Brendan Cobia perform in 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' at Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Main Stage May 22-31.

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SMC Presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Until May 31

Posted May. 24, 2015, 6:00 am

The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department is currently presenting “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” through May 31 at the Theatre Arts Main Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

Internationally acclaimed pianist Antoinette Perry will be a soloist at Santa Monica Symphony’s free show this Saturday night.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Staying In Town This Memorial Day Weekend? Santa Monica Symphony Presents Free Show

Posted May. 22, 2015, 10:02 am

The Santa Monica Symphony, under the baton of Maestro Guido Lamell, celebrates Memorial Day weekend with a concert this Saturday, May 23, at 7:30 pm in Barnum Hall, on the campus of Santa Monica High School.

The 2015 Twilight Concert Series begins July 9 and runs for 10 consecutive weeks on Thursday.

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2015 Twilight Concert Series Line-Up Announced

Posted May. 20, 2015, 1:09 pm

The line-up for the 31st annual Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier has been announced.

Noted Broadway director Steve Zuckerman helms this world premiere of '63 Trillion' by John Bunzel, now playing as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre.

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Up Front With "63 Trillion" Director Steve Zuckerman

Posted May. 19, 2015, 9:17 am

Money. Sex. Bad behavior. It’s just another day at the stock exchange. When global financials go radioactive, predators stand poised for a fight to the finish. Partnerships prove to be perilous and laws are meaningless in the jungle of scheming money managers.

SMC Global Motion dancer Maisha Morris.

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Final Performances Today Of SMC's Global Motion World Dance Company

Posted May. 17, 2015, 9:30 am

Santa Monica College’s Global Motion World Dance Company presents an exciting program of choreography showcasing dance styles from around the world.

White Sun lead singer Gurujas.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica

White Sun To Host Free Concert Tonight In Santa Monica

Posted May. 16, 2015, 10:59 am

White Sun will host a free concert and record release party tonight, May 16, to celebrate its debut album.

SMC Global Motion dancer Maisha Morris.

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SMC Global Motion World Dance Company To Perform This Weekend

Posted May. 14, 2015, 10:00 am

Santa Monica College’s Global Motion World Dance Company is proud to present an exciting program of choreography showcasing dance styles from around the world.

Tongva Park will be open daily from 6 am to 11 pm at 1615 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica.

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Tongva After Dark This Wednesday To Feature Gypsy, Eastern European Entertainment

Posted May. 12, 2015, 9:20 am

Tongva Park continues its second season of cultural and eclectic programming this month with an enchanting Tongva After Dark evening of Gypsy and Eastern European musicians and singers, followed by a Family Saturday presenting a hula hoop fitness concert for all ages.

Father Micky Lee (Tom Dunne) and daughter Helena Lee (Mariah Blonna) in “The Ocean of Helena Lee.”

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Film

Review: “The Ocean Of Helena Lee” Set On Santa Monica Oceanfront

Posted May. 8, 2015, 6:00 am

By turns exuberant and headline grabbing violent, the long world-famous local movie star featured in Jim Akin’s new film, “The Ocean of Helena Lee”, is our own Santa Monica oceanfront. Yet watching it in “Helena Lee” is the equivalent of holding a conch shell to your ear and being privy to a singular, captivating experience, even to this writer, who has for decades ridden the bike path and even lived alongside it.

The 24th annual Santa Monica Festival returns this Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm at Clover Park. The day offers free fun for all ages.

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What’s New At Santa Monica Festival This Saturday

Posted May. 8, 2015, 6:00 am

An eclectic musical lineup, healthy culinary demonstrations, heart-pounding fitness activities, crafts, games, and food trucks – that’s just some of the highlights for the Santa Monica Festival this Saturday.

Jessica Rivera.

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New West Symphony To Present Mozart’s “Great Mass” For Season Finale

Posted May. 8, 2015, 6:00 am

The New West Symphony will present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Great Mass in C Minor, K. 427” for the final Masterpiece Series concert of the Symphony’s 20th anniversary season this weekend.

World renowned cellist Cécilia Tsan will be featured in the 'Rococo Variations' as part of Orchestra Santa Monica's final concert of the 2014-15 season this Sunday.

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Orchestra Santa Monica To Host Final Concert Of Season Sunday, May 17

Posted May. 5, 2015, 9:37 am

For its fourth and final concert of the season this Sunday, Orchestra Santa Monica takes “A Forward Look Back”.

HARK (Healing Arts Reaching Kids) will host a Cinco de Mayo fundraiser at Upper West Restaurant on May 5. Funds will benefit HARK workshops at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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Upper West To Host Cinco De Mayo Fundraiser For Healing Arts Reaching Kids

Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 9:10 am

Want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is style and support a good cause at the same time? Look no further than Upper West Restaurant at 3321 Pico Blvd. where the community is invited to celebrate with HARK (Healing Arts Reaching Kids).

SMC’s Emeritus College kicks off 40th Anniversary celebrations with an Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 in the Emeritus College Art Gallery, 1227 Second St., Santa Monica. Contributions to Silent Benefit in support of Emeritus College programs includes John Alcantara painting. (Preview May 4-8; bidding May 12-22.)

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SMC's Emeritus College To Celebrate 40th Anniversary

Posted Apr. 23, 2015, 9:31 am

Santa Monica College’s Emeritus College is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with events ranging from an open house and art exhibition and reception, to a silent benefit and a special tribute to Retired Emeritus College Associate Dean Maggie Hall.

A selection of pieces from Fire Chief Scott Ferguson's art exhibit.

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Art Reception Wednesday To Feature Works By Fire Chief Scott Ferguson

Posted Apr. 21, 2015, 11:15 am

Many in Santa Monica do not know that Santa Monica Fire Chief Scott Ferguson has a secret talent: he is an outstanding artist.

Pacific Park's Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier.

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Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation To Host Pier Party April 26

Posted Apr. 19, 2015, 8:51 am

Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) will host its second annual Pier Party, a fundraising event to benefit all students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD). Pier Party will take place on Sunday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Achinta S. McDaniel, Artistic Director and Founder of Blue13, a Los Angeles-based contemporary Indian dance company

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Tongva Park Kicks Off Second Season Of Cultural Programming

Posted Apr. 17, 2015, 7:52 am

Tongva Park presents an exciting second season of cultural programming beginning with a Bollywood-style community dance class this Wednesday, April 22.

Rob Stewart’s award-winning eco-documentary 'Revolution' will premiere at Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, April 18.

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Free Screening Saturday Night On Pier Of Rob Stewart's Eco-Documentary

Posted Apr. 16, 2015, 9:54 am

A special free outdoor screening of Rob Stewart’s award-winning eco-documentary "Revolution" will be held at Santa Monica Pier this Saturday, April 18, from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Orchestra Santa Monica's 'Border Crossings' features the west coast premiere of 'Andean Elegy' by Berkeley-born composer Gabriela Lena Frank.

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Orchestra Santa Monica Presents "Border Crossings" Concert Sunday, April 19

Posted Apr. 14, 2015, 9:32 am

For its third concert of the season this Sunday -- “Border Crossings” -- Orchestra Santa Monica reaches across borders and around the world bringing exciting and colorful orchestral pieces to Santa Monica.

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Fourth Annual Otis Kite Festival At Santa Monica Beach Saturday

Posted Apr. 10, 2015, 3:30 pm

Otis College of Art and Design will host its fourth Annual Kite Festival adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, April 11, 2015, from 10 am to 4 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

“Voices From The Bottom Of The South China Sea” is a book many years in the making for Santa Monica native Robert S. Wells.

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Santa Monica Native Pens Book About Untold Story Of International Relations

Posted Apr. 3, 2015, 9:01 am

Santa Monica native and author Robert S. Wells delves into the story behind the economic relationship between the U.S. and China in his new book, “Voices from the Bottom of the South China Sea: The Untold Story of America’s Largest Chinese Emigrant Disaster.”

From left: Lara Wallace as Lauren, Sarah Long as Marty, Nico Lozano as James, Olivia Worthen as Teresa, and (center) Zeno Robinson as Schultz perform in 'Circle Mirror Transformation' at Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Studio Stage Apr. 3-12.

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Santa Monica College To Present "Circle Mirror Transformation" April 3-12

Posted Mar. 30, 2015, 9:31 am

The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department will present “Circle Mirror Transformation” Apr. 3-12 at the Theatre Arts Studio Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

New West Symphony presents the very challenging 'Sibelius Violin Concerto' featuring acclaimed violinist Jennifer Frautschi as guest artist this weekend.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Music, Santa Monica

New West Symphony Presents "The Planets" In Santa Monica On Sunday

Posted Mar. 27, 2015, 11:06 am

New West Symphony music director Marcelo Lehninger will lead the orchestra in three performances of the fifth Masterpiece Series concert of the Symphony’s 20th Anniversary season, including a performance in Santa Monica on Sunday afternoon.

Laura Linney as the best-selling crime novelist Patricia Highsmith and Seth Numrich as Edward in Joanna Murray-Smith’s “Switzerland” on stage at The Geffen Playhouse.

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Laura Linney Graces Geffen Playhouse In Joanna Murray-Smith’s “Switzerland”

Posted Mar. 27, 2015, 9:30 am

Laura Linney is no stranger to the stage and has racked up multiple impressive Broadway credits including “Time Stands Still,” “Sight Unseen,” “The Crucible,” “Six Degrees of Separation,” “Uncle Vanya,” “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” and “The Seagull.” Equally at home on the big screen, she had key roles in “You Can Count on Me,” “Kinsey,” “The Savages,” “Hyde Park on Hudson,” “The Squid and the Whale,” “Love Actually,” and “The Truman Show,” just to name but a few.

Bob Aguirre with Stevie Nicks, now a Santa Monica resident.

Life And Arts, Seven Days, Music, Santa Monica

Before Fleetwood Mac: Fritz Band Founder Q&A On Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham

Posted Mar. 27, 2015, 9:18 am

It is Fleetwood Mac’s 40th anniversary together as a band. How fitting it is that they are touring throughout North America and Europe for this occasion. Christine McVie is back with the band.

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